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Latin History for Morons

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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After a run at the Public Theater, Emmy and Obie winner John Leguizamo brings his hit solo show about the buried history of Latinos in the Americas to Broadway.

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Inspired by the near total absence of Latinos in his son’s American history class, Leguizamo embarks on a frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Ricky Ricardo into 100 irreverent and uncensored minutes in his trademark style.

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“Class is in session...Our professor is the ever-animated Leguizamo, who jubilantly lectures, provokes, and amuses...We spend 100 minutes laughing at his antics... Leguizamo presents a show that is refreshingly un-PC. No tribe escapes Leguizamo's gleeful mockery...As thrilling as it was to behold him up-close, he seems more at home on Broadway...It never feels like too much...Sadly, we don't actually learn much about pre-Columbian America...There is still a lot of digging to do." Full Review

Time Out New York

“A history lecture delivered by the class clown, with the pleasures and limitations that entails…An energetic journey through Latin America’s past, with plenty of time set aside for jokes, full-throttle dancing, and a narratively convenient plot…The history he offers is often junky, but rigor is hardly his goal. At the risk of ‘compliment-sulting’ him in the style of his Latin mom: The show’s shortcomings are part of its message and, in a way, its appeal.” Full Review

The New York Times

“Like the best mimics, Leguizamo administers large but precisely calibrated doses of exaggeration to make his impersonations pop...At their best, his jokes get at something deep...If only the character at the center of this frenetic one-man show were as convincing...The physical comedy, often verging on dance, is priceless...But the family drama remains, rickety and unconvincing...’Latin History for Morons’ would be richer if he didn’t try so hard to make something so awful so funny.” Full Review

The Huffington Post

“Leguizamo is back, as smart, provocative and bracing as ever. And wise...He attempts to explicate 'Latin History for Morons'. The main moron being addressed, in this dazzling comedic-analytic-philosophic evening of laughter, appears to be Leguizamo himself...He effortlessly channels dozens of disparate characters...The actor still has the moves, and he doesn’t mind livening up the tempo now and then...The man knows his audience, and his Latin lesson is a treat.” Full Review

DC Theatre Scene

“’Latin History’ exists on three planes – fascinating nuggets of actual history, eclectic comic shtick, and a funny, tender story of the performer’s efforts to connect with his family...He intersperses this kinetic collage with sexy, high-octane dance breaks that have been his signature...Leguizamo is maturing...For the Broadway transfer, Loreta’s still around, but she’s toned down and clarified, as are several of the jokes. Leguizamo has also sharpened his cultural and political critiques." Full Review

AM New York

“The show is a tall order for Leguizamo to fill on his own, with overlapping tracks that include a slow and sentimental multi character family drama, stand-up comedy, personal confessions, history, political criticism and even an elaborate dance break...His long-winded attempt to dramatize conversations with his son, wife and daughter falls flat and weighs down the rest of the show, in which he interacts directly with the audience with flair, fervor and ease.” Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

"Where this show is seriously entertaining, it is also thought provoking. Leguizamo makes a strong case for the Latin people having more rights to be in America than Americans...There are lines that are so funny and sadly truthful...He manages to create an important discussions on race and intolerance, while discussing it as comedic theatre. Leguizamo’s brilliance has come a long way. Taccone directs this piece with panache and flair...This is a lesson we all need." Full Review

New York Daily News

“The show is fast-paced, funny, foul-mouthed, insightful and, on the down side, occasionally cringe-worthy...Amid the commentary Leguizamo slips in and out of Spanish, busts out dance moves and apes accents of friends, family, and famous figures. Leguizamo is a terrific mimic..Still, doing voices of a deaf relative and scientist Stephen Hawking...turned out to be buzzkill. But the same lines would work simply in his own voice — it’s an easy edit.” Full Review


“Leguizamo interweaves his own story with a hilarious retelling of the advances and destruction of the Aztec, Maya, and Inca civilizations, and the rise of modern Latin culture...There are visual aids, many jokes and a sober mission at work, all effectively pushed to the max...The conclusion of this rich entertainment isn’t what you expect - Leguizamo’s genius rests in part in his ability to continually surprise us – which makes it all the more satisfying.” Full Review

Front Mezz Junkies

“He wows us with his comic characterizations and high energy Latin beat dance moves, giving us a master class in the art of putting on a personal storytelling show. What it lacks in high conflict resolution it makes up in sweet father/child dynamics...It couldn’t be delivered with such a big dose of heart and humor by anyone else but this incomparable performer...Sometimes it feels a tad bit on the light side and unfocused, but the personal drive is always present.” Full Review


“Structured as a raucous historical lecture, Leguizamo’s latest, self-written solo show is exuberantly performed, well observed and often quite funny. It’s entertaining but its running time...could lead to restlessness for those who are not major fans...Though arguably a more contained format would have been more effective, with ‘Latin History for Morons’ Leguizamo succeeds at his informative and diversionary goals with tremendous flair.” Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

“Professor Leguizamo is here to ‘undo your whole education and the entire way you think’ in approximately 100 minutes...All of these stories are told in Leguizamo's inimitable style that incorporates hilarious reenactments, impressions, and a steady stream of obscenity-laden one-liners in both English and Spanish...Even if you aren't already among the legions of whooping Leguizamo fans, you are likely to be among the converted by the time you leave.” Full Review

The Wrap

“Leguizamo’s 90-minute show may best be enjoyed by theatergoers who are very familiar with the last 3,000 years of life in the Western Hemisphere...Both informative and hysterically funny in the way Leguizamo takes a subject and turns our perceptions inside out...It’s a surreal journey and most enjoyable in little offhand moments...The most fun you’ll have in a classroom since 'Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All.'" Full Review


"Hilarious and surprisingly enlightening...For all its deeply felt honesty, the show is no pity party; in fact, more often, it’s a real party where audience members feel free to hoot, holler, clap, and get up and meringue...It’s a tough balancing act, one which Leguizamo manages with the skill of the most experienced tightrope walker...While he may not have the impersonation skills of the world’s greatest mimics, each of the personae he takes on are wonderfully delineated.” Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"One of the funniest shows in town...The working of family into the show provides the chance for sentiment to embellish the comedy. Sometimes that slows things down a bit, but it injects heart into what Leguizamo is seriously dispensing beneath all of the hilarity. And hilarity is the right word, for Leguizamo is a master of timing, physical comedy...and overall cleverness...In this show he rises majestically above what I have seen him achieve previously." Full Review

Financial Times (UK)

“Profanity, toilet humour, and touchingly inept dancing are all central to Leguizamo’s manic display of autodidacticism...Leguizamo’s boisterous, chalk-covered persona and Peter Sellers-esque gift for mimicry more than make up for any lack of historiographical subtlety...Leguizamo and director Taccone understand that you need more than a cogent political argument to hold the stage...When the show finally turns to the current president, Leguizamo’s shift from humor to anger is devastating.” Full Review

Front Row Center

“Leguizamo is funny, charming, has a limitless range of voices to portray his multiple characters, and above all, injects his material with a Thanksgiving-size portion of humanity....Timeless and topical...A minor negative — the many Spanish curse words and phrases were joyously funny to the Spanish speakers but unknown to others...By taking this theatrical journey, you will laugh constantly, relate to John’s family, and be more aware of the contributions of the native peoples of the Americas." Full Review

The Wall Street Journal

"The audience was charmed by his impersonations and cheered his resentments...This is meant to be more than merely entertaining; we are supposed to shed moronic ignorance. Do we? It turns out that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing...It might be poor critical manners to so solemnly respond to a show that so many enjoy so much, but surely not even mock professors would want this show’s title to allude to them." Full Review


“Leguizamo's sixth solo performance...This one reveals a maturing comedian who manages to be funny, instructive, and touchingly reflective...Leguizamo's talent extends to dance moves and a mastery of dialects as he takes on dozens of characters, capturing each voice and gesture with stunning precision...His boundless energy and comic timing never seems to fail with a virtuosity that continually tops itself...As a solo performer — he ranks among the very best.” Full Review

New York Magazine / Vulture

“It’s a sobering education, but ‘Latin History’ is never a slog...Leguizamo keeps us laughing all the way through...A first-rate mimic...Leguizamo has a lot of value to share and an overflow of charm to share it with. He could have used a slightly more rigorous editor: certain devices start to feel overused...And the show’s emotional plot veers towards the predictable and sentimental. But such foibles feel minor relative to ‘Latin History’s’ abundance of humor and heart.” Full Review

The Observer

"Taccone does the only thing a self-respecting director should do. He gets out of the way...Most of the rant is frantic and funny...As dotty as his anecdotes, ad libs, history lessons, and other examples of higher learning are, it’s even more hysterical to watch him tell them....When it ends, you don’t know a thing about Latin History 101, but you do feel a little more like a moron." Full Review

Reflections in the Light

“The raw, bawdy monologue was born from the frustration Leguizamo encountered trying to help his son find a Latin hero to write about for a school project...The presentation is raw and filled with vulgar language...Leguizamo is an engaging performer...but this show just didn't strike me as very funny. Perhaps the seriousness of the subject doesn't lend itself to many laughs. The dialogue also deals with his son's bullying at a private school where parents display prejudice.” Full Review


“A master at solo performances...Leguizamo is most enjoyable when he’s imitating everything from friends and relatives to famous folks...Granted, not everything works here...Taccone allows Leguizamo free rein to do what he does best: Satirize history while bringing colorful characters to life with energy, wit and enthusiasm, making us all laugh about the delicate and controversial topic of diversity while showcasing the absurdity of bigotry and ignorance in American society.” Full Review

Diandra Reviews it All

"'Latin History For Morons' is not only Leguizamo’s best work; it is also his most important and wisest...Directed by Tony Taccone, hilarious, important, and upsetting are some of the most poignant terms to describe John Leguizamo’s 'Latin History For Morons.' It is not only a must-see for theatre lovers, but also for those that believe human rights are for all." Full Review


"The Colombian-born monologist-actor keeps up the energy he’s known for in past shows...His takes on everyone from Sigmund Freud to Andrew Jackson are righteously funny, if bordering on the obscene. But attempts to keep things current with passing references to Weinstein and Spacey fall flat. We see a more mature Leguizamo here, sharing the universal struggles of parenting and acknowledging that he doesn’t have all the answers." Full Review

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Clever, Banal, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if John Leguizamo is just an original voice and force on stage. I wished he would have told this history lesson in one of his earlier shows.

Don't see it if The history of the Latin people is fascinating and truly interesting without being boring. The boring part is John talking about his son.

Clever, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You want to know more about Latin history and are a fan of John.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through 95 minutes of in-depth knowledge of Latin history.

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You want to see an honest take on Latin history. You want to see John Leguizamo dance and dissect the Latino place in history.

Don't see it if You are not open minded and easily offended or are pro trump.

Funny, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you are a fan of John.

Don't see it if you don’t like the most cliche version of a one man show, with unnecessary tangents.

Also I thought that the house staff was a little on overkill mode, because ... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Relevant, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you’re a fan of John or interested in untaught versions of American history mixed with Spanish humor and a glimpse of his parental struggles

Don't see it if you’re not a fan of one man shows, easily offended by crude jokes or current political references, or don’t understand a word in Spanish

Also There are bits of history lessons of the aboriginal natives of the Car... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Informative, Should be required viewing for school

See it if you're a Leguizamo fan or have an interest in Latin American history. I found it to be really insightful and funny. You'll learn a ton.

Don't see it if you tend to not enjoy one-man shows.

Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if You love John Leguizamo

Don't see it if You have any concept of Latino history

Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a master at work. John is witty, political, funny, savage, and you will walk away having learned something.

Don't see it if You are easily offended or can't sit still for an hour-45.

Absorbing, Heartwarming, Political, Funniest

See it if Right off the bat, he connects with the audience and puts us at ease. Epically true in its ever so politically charged quest to help his son

Don't see it if Highly opinionated that history has wronged the Latinos. Frequent references and spur of the moments that will fly over head for some.

Also If you really think about it, Latin history that has been disgracefull... Read more Read less

Funny, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if if you love John and his one man show style - it fits nicely in line with all his other productions

Don't see it if you don't find jokes about race funny - you need to have a sense of humor!

Absorbing, Clever, Masterful, Riveting, Hilarious

See it if You want to learn AND be entertained by a tour de force of the American theater!

Don't see it if You're a closed minded bigot.

Funny, Absorbing, Resonant, Educational

See it if you feel like you've missed Latin American history from your education and also want to be touched by a Leguizamo family story.

Don't see it if you can't handle dark/slightly offensive humor - it gets harsh at times, and hard to hear, but very similar to Leguizamo's usual humor

Funny, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you're interested in Latin history, or are a huge Leguizamo fan. Otherwise, it's boring.

Don't see it if you don't want a lesson on Latin history...Some of the humor lands very well, but other than that, it's okay.

Funny, Clever, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you like smart writing and stand up comic with substance.

Don't see it if you prefer not be politically involved through theater.

Sad history thru a comedic lens., Generally entertaining, but the humor is forced.

See it if Like John L's work, solo shows, looking at history w new perspective. Sometimes touching/funny. Some of it too frenetic and gratuitous.

Don't see it if Are OK hearing a fair amount of untranslated Spanish, get antsy when show runs on too long, don't find John's POV appealing.

Also Was surprised to see John 's physical comedy and the many “scenes” tha... Read more Read less

Overrated, Amusing

See it if You are a fan of Leguizamo, enjoy standup comedy style shows or have an interest in History.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional play. This is more like a standup comedy special - unfortunately I only chuckled a handful of times.

Funny, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy dark humor and confronting uncomfortable realities. You want to be part of a lively, reactive audience.

Don't see it if you are looking for a night of light theatre or you are easily bothered by not understanding some Spanish spoken throughout the play.

Insightful, Clever, Charming, Entertaining, Educational

See it if You're a fan. But don't go expecting the usual Latino neighborhood people imitations, this is much more (his immediate) family focused.

Don't see it if You'd bridle at hearing history of the Americas from a Latin pov., or aren't interested in history in general. This basically is a man educa

Also Ting his son through the lens of a proud member of the Latin culture. ... Read more Read less

Slow, indulgent, cliched, cramped seats/no legroom

See it if You're a super fan of the actor &want to hear him for 1 hour 55 min no intermission. You'll miss MANY words if you don't speak Spanish.

Don't see it if Stories are dull, rambling, cartoonish and repetitive. Rear mezz seats have no legroom so you'll have to sit sideways. Several walkouts.

Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if He starts by his son's s history class for Latino being absence for the books. Alot of funny parts. Some not so funny .

Don't see it if It feld the history class more than a show to me.

Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy John Leguizamo's comedy and sense of humor.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy one-man shows.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Dull

See it if you have a particular passion for the subject matter and insider knowledge of the culture (it helps to speak Spanish)- needed to get jokes

Don't see it if you're expecting a high energy show with one laugh out loud moment after another - it doesn't deliver

Also I really wanted to like this and even my friend who loves Leguizamo th... Read more Read less

Slow, Middling, Mildly entertaining, Niche

See it if you're a Leguizamo fan and you speak Spanish. There is a good idea in there.

Don't see it if Disappointing. Low energy, low stakes show. No hook. Leguizamo is not the best at impersonations.

Also There is a laudable and very relevant idea behind this show. But the e... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You like putdown humor with stereotyping which makes this a shallow, somewhat funny show.

Don't see it if You want "deep thoughts"

Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound, Hilarious



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